An In-Depth Look at Packers' 2013 Schedule

Back to SF (Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports)

Here is a quick-hitting look at the Packers' demanding 2013 schedule, which leads off with a rematch at San Francisco. Included are records, offensive and defensive rankings from last season and some nuggets as we look ahead to next season.

WEEK 1: at San Francisco 49ers


Date: Sunday, Sept. 8. Time: 3:25 p.m. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 11-4-1. Points scored: 397 (11th). Points against: 273 (2nd).

The series: Packers lead 30-25-1. Last game: 49ers 30-22 (9-9-12).

Noteworthy: The 49ers demolished the Packers in the divisional playoffs and won at Atlanta to advance to the Super Bowl. They're in an enviable position with a low-cost quarterback (Colin Kaepernick) and a stunning 14 draft picks at their disposal. Ted Thompson would be envious.


WEEK 2: vs. Washington Redskins


Date: Sunday, Sept. 15. Time: Noon. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 10-6. Points scored: 436 (4th). Points against: 388 (22nd).

The series: Packers lead 17-13-1. Last game: Redskins 16-13 (10-10-10)

Noteworthy: Energized by No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III, the Redskins improved from their 2011 marks of 5-11 and 288 points scored by five wins and 148 points. With Griffin and fellow rookie Alfred Morris, the Redskins led the NFL in rushing and were second with 5.2 yards per attempt.


WEEK 3: at Cincinnati Bengals


Date: Sunday, Sept. 22. Time: Noon. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 10-6. Points scored: 391 (12th). Points against: 320 (8th).

The series: Bengals lead 6-5. Last game: Bengals 31-24 (9-20-09).

Noteworthy: Only Cincinnati and Chicago own winning records against the Packers among teams on this year's schedule. The Bengals and Super Bowl-champion Ravens finished with the same record and Cincinnati had a better point differential (plus-71 vs. plus-54). In two seasons, Andy Dalton is 19-13.


WEEK 4: Bye


WEEK 5: vs. Detroit Lions


Date: Sunday, Oct. 6. Time: Noon. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 4-12. Points scored: 372 (17th). Points against: 437 (27th).

The series: Packers lead 93-65-7. Last game (home): Packers 27-20 (12-9-12).

Noteworthy: The Lions looked like a team on the rise in 2011 after going 10-6 — their first winning season since 2000 and first playoff berth since 1999. Instead, they were an undisciplined mess. Matthew Stafford set an NFL record with 727 pass attempts — shattering Drew Bledsoe's record of 691.


WEEK 6: at Baltimore Ravens


Date: Sunday, Oct. 13. Time: Noon. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 10-6. Points scored: 398 (10th). Points against: 344 (12th).

The series: Packers lead 3-1. Last game: Packers 27-14 (Dec. 7, 2009).

Noteworthy: The Ravens have Joe Flacco but will look little like the team that caught fire after stealing a playoff win at Denver. They lost linebackers Ray Lewis (retirement), Paul Kruger (Browns) and Dannell Ellerbe (Dolphins), along with safety Ed Reed, plus traded receiver Anquan Boldin.


WEEK 7: vs. Cleveland Browns


Date: Sunday, Oct. 20. Time: 3:25 p.m. TV: CBS.

2012 record: 5-11. Points scored: 302 (24th). Points against: 368 (19th).

The series: Packers lead 10-7. Last game: Packers 31-3 (10-25-09).

Noteworthy: The Browns have a new coach in Rod Chudzinski. Since the team's rebirth in 1999, they've had just two winning seasons and reached the playoffs just one time. Still, their three Pro Bowlers is one fewer than Green Bay and their minus-66 point differential wasn't too bad, relatively speaking.


WEEK 8: at Minnesota Vikings


Date: Sunday, Oct. 27. Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: NBC.

2012 record: 10-6. Points scored: 379 (14th). Points against: 348 (15th).

The series: Packers lead 54-48-1. Last game (away): Vikings 37-34 (12-30-12).

Noteworthy: Other than San Francisco (nine), no team in the NFC had more Pro Bowlers than Minnesota (seven). The Vikings lost receiver Percy Harvin (trade) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (free agency) to Seattle but signed Greg Jennings away from Green Bay. Minnesota picks 23rd and 25th in the first round, with the Packers 26th.


WEEK 9: vs. Chicago Bears


Date: Monday, Nov. 4. Time: 7:40 p.m. TV: ESPN.

2012 record: 10-6. Points scored: 375 (16th). Points against: 277 (3rd).

The series: Bears lead 91-87-6. Last game (home): Packers 23-10 (9-13-12).

Noteworthy: The Bears had the best point differential of any team to not make the playoffs at plus-98. So, that's a good building block for new coach Marc Trestman. In five seasons with CFL's Montreal franchise, he went to three Grey Cup championship games and won two titles. Also new is a living and breathing left tackle (Jermon Bushrod) and a threat at tight end (Martellus Bennett).


WEEK 10: vs. Philadelphia Eagles


Date: Sunday, Nov. 10. Time: Noon. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 4-12. Points scored: 280 (29th). Points against: 444 (30th).

The series: Packers lead 24-13. Last game: Packers 27-20, (9-12-10)

Noteworthy: The Eagles fired longtime coach Andy Reid after a four-win debacle in which they had the second-worst point differential in the league (minus-164). Reid was replaced by Chip Kelly, who ran a wide-open offense at Oregon. Defensively, the Eagles allowed a league-worst 33 touchdown passes and forced a league-low 13 turnovers.


WEEK 11: at New York Giants


Date: Sunday, Nov. 17. Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: NBC.

2012 record: 9-7. Points scored: 429 (6th). Points against: 344 (13th).

The series: Packers lead 27-21-2. Last game: Giants 38-10 (11-25-12).

Noteworthy: New York beat Green Bay in the 2007 and 2011 playoffs en route to winning Super Bowls, avenging regular-season losses both seasons. The Giants had the second-best point differential of any team to not make the playoffs at plus-85. Eli Manning threw for almost 1,000 fewer yards than in 2011.


WEEK 12: vs. Minnesota Vikings


Date: Sunday, Nov. 24. Time: Noon. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 10-6. Points scored: 379 (14th). Points against: 348 (15th).

The series: Packers lead 54-48-1. Last game (home): Packers 23-14 (12-2-12).

Noteworthy: In one of the most remarkable seasons ever, Adrian Peterson fell 9 yards shorts of the NFL single-season rushing record with 2,097 yards. He averaged 6.03 yards per rush. Only Jim Brown (6.40 in 1963), Barry Sanders (6.13 in 1997) and O.J. Simpson (6.03 in 1973) did better among backs with 300 carries.


WEEK 13: at Detroit Lions


Date: Thursday, Nov. 28. Time: 11:30 a.m. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 4-12. Points scored: 372 (17th). Points against: 437 (27th).

The series: Packers lead 93-65-7. Last game (away): Packers 24-20 (11-18-12).

Noteworthy: Turnovers are the league's defining stat. With a margin of minus-16, Detroit finished 30th in the league. Coach Jim Schwartz has a defensive background but the unit was miserable, including a 28th-ranked 16 takeaways. Detroit finished the season on an eight-game skid.


WEEK 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons


Date: Sunday, Dec. 8. Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: NBC.

2012 record: 13-3. Points scored: 419 (7th). Points against: 299 (5th).

The series: Packers lead 13-12. Last game: Packers 25-14 (10-9-11).

Noteworthy: The Falcons had homefield advantage throughout last year's NFC playoffs. They're better, on paper, at least, with running back Steven Jackson joining the Pro Bowl trio of quarterback Matt Ryan, receiver Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez.


WEEK 15: at Dallas Cowboys


Date: Sunday, Dec. 15. Time: 3:25 p.m. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 8-8. Points scored: 376 (15th). Points against: 400 (24th).

The series: Tied, 12-12. Last game: Packers 45-7 (11-7-10).

Noteworthy: Tony Romo had a monster year with 4,903 yards but led the NFL with 19 interceptions. In his last three seasons, he's 17-21 as the starter. He could use some help: The Cowboys finished 31st in rushing and 30th in yards per attempt, and the defense was terrible.


WEEK 16: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers


Date: Sunday, Dec. 22. Time: 3:25 p.m. TV: CBS.

2012 record: 8-8. Points scored: 336 (22nd). Points against: 314 (6th).

The series: Packers lead 18-14. Last game: Steelers 37-36 (12-20-09)

Noteworthy: The Steelers had their first non-winning seasons since going .500 in 2006, and they had made the playoffs in eight of their previous 11 seasons with Super Bowl berths in 2010 (lost to Green Bay), 2008 (beat Arizona) and 2005 (beat Seattle). With a No. 26 running attack, they — like Green Bay — could be in the hunt for a running back early in the draft.


WEEK 17: at Chicago Bears


Date: Sunday, Dec. 29. Time: noon. TV: Fox.

2012 record: 10-6. Points scored: 375 (16th). Points against: 277 (3rd).

The series: Bears lead 91-87-6. Last game (away): Packers 21-13 (12-16-12).

Noteworthy: Lovie Smith was fired after a nine-year run in which he went 81-63, qualified for the playoffs three times and reached one Super Bowl. Chalk it up to an inability to beat the Packers: Green Bay won the last six in the series, including the 2010 NFC Championship, and eight of the last nine.


Note: Games starting in Week 11 (other than the Thanksgiving game) are subject to NFL flexible scheduling.

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